Water affects every aspect of our lives, yet nearly one billion people around the world don’t have clean drinking water, and 2.6 billion still lack basic sanitation. World Water Day, celebrated annually on March 22, was established by the United Nations in 1992 and focuses attention on the world’s water crisis, as well as the solutions to address it.
This year, a collaborative of US-based organizations have joined to raise awareness and call for stronger commitments from governments, the private sector, and US citizens for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) initiatives in low-income countries.
By deploying the solutions that already exist, we can save the lives of thousands of children each day, advance education and employment – especially among women and girls – and fuel economic growth around the world.
Here at Ethiopian Orphan Relief, Inc. we are pleased to call attention to the expansion of world water day to world water week. All of us invested in the success of Ethiopia understand that the lack of clean drinkable water for much of the country limits the growth and prosperity of the nation. Girls who spend their days carrying water have little time for school and literacy. The mortality rate for children without access to clean drinking water remains unacceptably high.
EOR remains committed to the goal of providing clean water to Ethiopia. Although our original plan to build a well in Boru was tabled, our amazing board member, Lauren, is actively searching for a new water project to fund. To date, we’ve raised more than $7000.00 USD for this project, but we’d LOVE to add more to the total.
Think of how important clean water is to you. Remember the gratitude you feel every time you’re thirsty and can sip the beverage of your choice and then think of the many children of Ethiopia, mostly girls, who spend the day carrying heavy jerry cans of water so their families can enjoy the same privilege.
I’ll be making an additional donation to EOR this week, to benefit our water fund. I hope you’ll do the same.